St. Paul Schools Try Mixing Work and Play

Twenty-seven St. Paul Public elementary schools are blurring the lines between school work and play with a homegrown curriculum called “Discovering Our World.” Kids get around 90 minutes each day to play — or “actively learn” — at any of several stations stocked with blocks, modeling clay and art, or pretend cooking supplies. Stephanie Carlson, […]

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Continuing Partnership to Measure Montessori Success

Reflection Sciences and The National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS) are proud to announce another year of partnership to measure Montessori success! The Mission: Our partnership serves to provide Montessori educators with the tools and training to reliably measure the efficacy of your classrooms. Pair Reflection Sciences’ MEFS assessment tool with NCMPS’s […]

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Executive Function Skills: Measure What Matters

Reflection Sciences’ Professional Development Team and Executive Function Experts have designed an early childhood session, “Executive Function Skills: Measure What Matters” that will be presented, live at Minnesota’s Metro ECSU on January 9, 2018. The session will address: What is Executive Function? Why should we measure it? What is the MEFS? How is the assessment […]

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Pairing Digital Tools to Measure and Improve School Readiness

— PRESS RELEASE —                                              ST PAUL, MN (October 25, 2017) – Reflection Sciences, Inc., an education technology company founded by University of Minnesota researchers, and Kiko Labs, the San Francisco developer of Kiko’s Thinking TimeTM games, are thrilled to announce a new partnership. Research on school readiness has uncovered a link between the skill-set referred […]

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Effects of Trauma on Well-being and Functioning

Reflection Science’s newest team member, Seth Saeugling, is working with North Carolina area schools to research the effects of trauma, specifically the impact of adverse early childhood experiences (ACES), on student well-being and functioning. Saeugling is a learner and builder at heart. His mission is to advance the science & practice of how we, as a […]

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Primrose Schools National Survey Reveals Gaps in Skills Needed for Career Success

Research indicates skills needed should be nurtured in early childhood Entry-level employees are becoming less proficient in the skills most needed to succeed in today’s workplace, according to a recent national survey of human resources (HR) managers responsible for hiring. The survey, sponsored by leading early education provider Primrose Schools®, revealed skills like adaptability, teamwork and […]

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Mindfulness: Take a Moment and Breathe

By Andrei Semenov Lie down, relax and take a deep breath. Feel the air, fill your lungs as you pay attention to what is happening in the moment, right now. Feel your toes, one by one, think about your feet and your legs, are they heavy, or light? Tired or rested? Move your way up, […]

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How Executive Function Develops from Infancy into Adolescence

This video (link below) from the Harvard Center on the Developing Child explains how executive function develops from infancy into adolescence, and even adulthood. Experts in the field, including Reflection Sciences’ Co-founder, Dr. Phil Zelazo, talk about Executive Function skills, including working memory, inhibitory control, and cognitive or mental flexibility. These skills allow for focusing, […]

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Father Influence on Children’s Cognitive Skills and Executive Function

By Alyssa Meuwissen, Ph.D. In both research and popular culture, moms have often been depicted as the “default” parent.  However, demographic trends show that dads are becoming more involved in the care of young children. There is great variety in the make-up of modern families and how they make parenting work. Our culture has shifted […]

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